The alarm clock will go blaring!
It’s sunday morning
He, on his bed, would wake up cold and tired
He knows he should go to church today
So he’ll move on to go bathing, hurrying to be in the house of the master, but he,
Would first of all, let his true master bathe him.
Masturbating, becomes the new boss.
And right there in the bathroom, he knows he’s in bondage
This right here, is not right
His wrongs are always before him, his conscience pricking.
He knows the matters of his heart, his own issues of blood.
Oh, if only I can touch the helm of his garment
He always knew the Tsidkeneu could make him new.
But like the woman with the haemorrhaging issue
He would shy away, after all, he’s seen the judgment in the silent cues.
He who has been so many times demoralized by the judging stares in the eyes of the brethren in church,
the judgment seats in their eyes, he even tried to reach their peaks and satisfy their quality list
And solely for their approval, he would sell his personality.
But it was never going to be enough, he would never fit.
In their eyes, heaven will never accept him
And no matter how many times he made it to the front pew, his history will never change. His soul could never be saved, or so they say.
Because in their eyes, He will forever remain a misfit.
After thinking about these things,
he would bounce back into bed, pull the covers even tighter on himself and stroll back into the cold unflinching arms of Sleepy Slumber.
“I’ll try again next sunday”, he says.
I’m talking about Him. and him. and him. And her and the other her.
And many others who have been bruised and sent away from the foot of the cross, because we refuse to scoot over for the knees of a “misfit.”
A misfit? Are you kidding me?
Since when did the body of Christ become a pack of dominoes
Did not the Master say go ye and have dominion?
Did not Christ command, to go ye after the sinners?
To explore, Excel, and see
If His excellency would not add to the church in abundance
With all goodness and mercies?
Who then gave us the audacity to prophesy over God’s child, what He has not sanctioned?
To look at God’s image and likeness and decide his fate
That is like a blinding slap to the creator’s face.
Where then, is the place of abundant grace?
We’ve used our tongues and our eyes.
We proclaim judgment over these ones with our minds.
Since when did the outer look of a book determine the content of its riches?
Is not the work of the Holy Spirit inside out?
Or was it outside in?
So why do we judge our brothers so?
Or did not the Bible clearly theorize in Matthew 5:20
Ye shall never enter the kingdom unless your righteousness exceeds that of the Pharisees
Even blind Brother Phary, sees clearly the point I with this simple poem humbly preach.
What is wrong with the church of today?
Hmmm… Wait. Hold on. Hold up. Wait a minute
This poem ain’t speaking against correction.
It only seeks to unseat the lie we’ve represented the body of Christ to be, for even the church was never supposed to be a perfect fit.
So why do we wanna behave like her.
Not this her. I mean the other her. Why do we imitate her?
She who looks as beautiful as the sun, speaks with the voice of a fairy, moves like an angel of light
She who smiles with the grace of Athena, the beauty of Aphrodites, but with the serpent infested head of Medusa.
Why do we imitate her who lures kings to her bed, patting their backs, singing their praises, preparing for their necks a stabbing knife.
Why do we imitate Lucifer’s own girlfriend?
She who my Pastor loves to call the world system.
Me? I prefer her native name: Babylon.
And just like Robert Kelly,
we’ve been messing with the …Same girl… same girl…
Or Have you not read it in your Bible?
That we and this world are never going to be a match made in heaven?
That no dating site or psychologist could ever fix this.
That we’re like two sides of a coin. Gotta be heads or tails, baby.
Two parallel lines never to collate
It is so plain.
If Jesus Himself had said that the world will always hate you
Shouldnt you be wary when all of a sudden she wanna date you?
So long as we follow Jesus, this world will always hate.
And the day the world is comfortable with you around
You should ask yourself: Am I still saved?
So when the world rejects the sinner, would you join in the game and judge him back to the world?
Sad. So sad!
If we’re so perfect, why are we not different from the do-good atheist, whose only reason for subscribing to songs about sex and the worship of money is: “It’s got a nice beat, and the lyrics doesn’t really matter…”
What a lie!
Remember that when Jesus came the first time, it was religious people that put Him on the cross.
Because he would not fit into our church programmes? Or He would not look like we expect him to?
And for those of you – my fellow misfits – who have been judged by the ones
To whom the master had said to feed my sheep.
Listen to me. I have a message for you from His Eminence.
As long as you come to me, there is hope for ya.
And as long as they keep judging you, stand strong.
He says come. feed. then see… that I am God.
Your confidence. See, my love washes you squeaky
Sounds difficult, I know
But actually, it’s like Easy-Peasy Japanesie.
However, there is one thing my church usually keeps out of the message of my word.
Your past Pastors, your lead Leaders, your Generals generally have taught you that you can come to me the way you are. It’s true.
But you see, like two edged sword, grace is incomplete without truth.
Truth. Responsibility. Respond. Sensibly. To this truth.
You can come to me the way you are – my arms are wide open – but I forbid you to remain that way for longer.
Confess your sins. Faithful and Just to forgive is my name.
But no, do not stop there. Take responsibility for your actions.
Then go and sin no more.
That we quit the blaming and the condemning.
And press on towards the mark. The heavenly glory. For you have never arrived, until you walk down the streets of gold.
You’re never perfect until you drink from the banquet table of perfection.
And You can only know you’re the best when you’re the only gunslinger cowboy still standing after all the dust settles.
– ‘Nonso John & Ezeonyeka Godswill